El Hierro is smallest and most far south of all the Canary Islands, enjoying a reputation as a great nature-lovers destination. Once considered as the end of the world, until Columbus sailed the ocean from here in 1492, El Hierro will always feel remote, but this only adds to its charm.
Not only unique among the Canary Islands, El Hierro is now also the first island in the world to become energy self-sufficient through a combination of solar, wind and water power. The entire island is also a UNESCO Geopark and is defined by its stunning landscapes of craggy coastline, lava-sculpted rocks, juniper groves, flower meadows and volcanic bad land.
Though there are not many beaches on the island, you can enjoy a unique swimming experience with a dip into one of El Hierro’s many natural pools. Divers can take advantage of the exceptional underwater world El Hierro has to offers, and explore the rich coral landscapes and unique marine life which surrounds the island. Hiking opportunities are abundant on El Hierro, with many cliffs and stunning viewpoints across the island to be discovered.
Things to do
Ecomuseum of Guinea:Located at the foot of the Risco de Taveta, the village of Guinea is a monument to the history of El Hierro. Perfectly preserved houses depict the evolution of life on El Hierro from the 1700s right up to the 20th century. From here you can also visit the Volcanic Tube of Guinea, a warren of caves which can be explore via a guided tour.
Hike to the viewpoint of Las Playas: Considered one of the most isolated areas of the Island, at over 1,000 meters above sea level Las Playas offers some of the most stunning views, stretching from Roque de La Bonanza to Punta Miguel.
El Sabinar: Visit the wild landscapes of El Sabinar where you can see the twisted juniper trees which have become symbols of El Hierro.